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Hobby Lobby Not Stocking Hanukkah Decorations....

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....and it's angering the people in Marlboro, NJ.

http://eastbrunswick.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/hobby-lobby-considering-jewish-holiday-decorations-on-shelves-eastbrunswick?ncid=newsltuspatc00000001&evar4=picks-3-post&newsRef=true

After internet backlash from a local blogger about its Marlboro Township store, Hobby Lobby is evaluating its merchandise.

Over the weekend, Marlboro residents began to discover and circulate a blog post detailing Hobby Lobby's lack of Jewish holiday decorations.

The post, written by Ken Berwitz, author of the political book Hopelessly Partisan, recounts a conversation Bewitz said he had with the craft and home store's corporate office in which the office allegedly answered, "Because Mr. [David] Green is the owner of the company, he's a Christian, and those are his values."

In a brief email to Patch, Hobby Lobby representative Vincent Parker said, "We currently do not carry any Hanukah items in our store. Our customers have brought this to our attention and we are currently evaluating our Holiday items and what we will carry in the future."

Hobby Lobby opened in Marlboro in June, filling the empty Pathmark location on Route 9 North in Marlboro Plaza.

The store is an arts and crafts chain controlled by Green and family in Oklahoma City with 13,000 employees and 525 big-box stores in the United States as of March, 2013. It is the third location to open in New Jersey. The other two stores are in South Plainfield and Millville. 

In his blog post, Berwitz said he believes the lack of Jewish holiday decorations is "anti-Semitic" in an area with a large Jewish population. 

"So let's be clear: these are not Christian values. They are David Green values," Berwitz wrote.

The blog post was also picked up by NJ 101.5 host Ray Rossi. A small majority of listeners voted they would not patronize stores such as Hobby Lobby, Barilla Pasta, or Chick-fil-A when their chairman’s values are made public, if the views do not reflect their own.

In his own blog post, Rabbi Don Weber of Temple Rodeph Torah said, The same freedom that allows Hobby Lobby to ignore Jewish interests also allows us to ignore Hobby Lobby. OUR freedom includes the right to vote with our feet, and with our money."

Green's company also runs Mardel, a large chain of Christian bookstores. The company is challenging a requirement in President Barack Obama's revised healthcare legislation that some companies must give insurance coverage for contraception drugs and devices.  In December, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor refused to block the mandate. The company was told it could continue its challenge in lower courts. 

On its website, the Hobby Lobby mission includes, "Honoring the Lord in all we do by operating the company in a manner consistent with biblical principles." 

A Lawrenceville Hobby Lobby location is set to open Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 3360 Brunswick Pike. Hobby Lobby also has New Jersey stores in South Plainfield and Millville.

by on Oct. 1, 2013 at 6:23 AM
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Oct. 4, 2013 at 8:57 AM
I believe "don't go there" is the point regarding these particular stores. THey are in areas with large Jewish populations and have chosen not to carry Hanukkah decorations. The owners can certainly stock their stores as they choose, but as a marketing plan you have to question those decisions.

Quoting Redwall:

If it's a privately owned business, they do have that right...just like they're not open on Sundays...I may not like what they do, but I respect their right to do it.  If one has a problem with Hobby Lobby's policies, find a different craft store.

Aslen
by Silver Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 9:01 AM
Exactly. I guess he forgets he worships a Jew....


Quoting romalove:


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

The same freedom that allows Hobby Lobby to ignore Jewish interests also allows us to ignore Hobby Lobby. OUR freedom includes the right to vote with our feet, and with our money."









Exactly



Many stores don't carry them....

Many stores don't carry Hanukkah decorations.

But

If you go to a place that has a heavy Jewish population and don't serve that population, it's a terrible business decision.


KhloesMom2009
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 9:04 AM

They should get with the program and stock up on these:



12hellokitty
by Platinum Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 5:57 PM


“We do not have any problems selling items that celebrate Jewish holidays,” Green said. “We have in the past and have decided we would try it again in some of the markets where we have Jewish population.”

The change came about after Ken Berwitz wrote a scathing blog post about how he would never visit a Hobby Lobby store after an employee told him the chain doesn’t stock Jewish merchandise because the Green family is Christian.

The post was not meant to start a fight, Berwitz said, but was a way for him to express his anger.

Green called Berwitz on Friday and the two talked for about 15 minutes. Berwitz called the conversation “pleasant” and said the situation should be “diffused.”

“I’m very pleased that he was as forthcoming,” said Berwitz, a focus group moderator.

Founded in 1972, Hobby Lobby has more than 500 stores in 41 states. The chain has made no secret of the Green family’s religious views. Hobby Lobby calls itself a “biblically founded business” and its stores are closed on Sundays. It’s also challenging on religious grounds a federal regulation that requires it to offer health coverage that includes access to certain contraceptives, such as the morning-after pill.

Others in the Jewish community have raised concerns before about Hobby Lobby not carrying Hanukkah items, but such a practice does not violate anyone’s right, The Anti-Defamation League said in a statement.

“We have no reason to believe that Hobby Lobby has refused to stock Hanukkah items because of hostility to Jews or anti-Semitism,” the statement said. “In fact, some Hobby Lobby stores have stocked a few Hanukkah items in the past, and the chain is apparently considering stocking more Jewish merchandise in the future as they expand into more culturally diverse markets.”

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Just thought I would post this, since some seemed to question the person who said they had seen Hanukkah decorations at HL.

florinaonline
by New Member on Nov. 12, 2013 at 6:07 AM

If they didn't they feel the loss definetly don't need to panic.There are many more stores that have Hanukkah decorations and gifts go for these. There are plenty of online site that have Hanukkah decors online check out these, Might help you : 

http://www.homedepot.com/b/Decor-Holiday-Decorations-Hanukkah/N-5yc1vZc2xz

http://www.orientaltrading.com/holidays/hanukkah-a1-90000+120-1.fltr

http://www.shoppingspout.com/usa/search-result/hanukkah/products

http://www.partycity.com/category/holiday+parties/hanukkah+party+supplies.do

romalove
by Roma on Nov. 12, 2013 at 6:09 AM


Quoting florinaonline:

If they didn't they feel the loss definetly don't need to panic.There are many more stores that have Hanukkah decorations and gifts go for these. There are plenty of online site that have Hanukkah decors online check out these, Might help you : 

http://www.homedepot.com/b/Decor-Holiday-Decorations-Hanukkah/N-5yc1vZc2xz

http://www.orientaltrading.com/holidays/hanukkah-a1-90000+120-�1.fltr

http://www.shoppingspout.com/usa/search-result/hanukkah/products

http://www.partycity.com/category/holiday+parties/hanukkah+party+supplies.do

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